Channel 4 FactCheck goes behind the spin to dig out the truth and separate political fact from fiction.

June 24, 2016 12 Comments By Patrick Worrall

It’s been one of the most dramatic days FactCheck can remember.

Britain has voted to leave the EU, the Prime Minister is going to resign, there’s turbulence in the financial markets and Harry Styles has reportedly signed a solo record deal.

We don’t have much more of a clue than anyone else about what the future holds, but we did learn a few things about Brexit today.

Yes, there was a generation gap…

After the result was announced this morning, the suggestion that older voters had swung it for Leave quickly began to circulate on social media.

Oddly, much of this was based on opinion polls carried out before the vote – the same polls which predicted the wrong result!

But by the afternoon we had some better statistics, courtesy of Conservative peer and pollster Lord Ashcroft.

He surveyed 12,369 people after they voted, asking detailed questions about who they were and why they voted Leave or Remain.

The results confirmed what pollsters have been saying for some time: age was a big predictor of how you voted. (more…)

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June 15, 2016 11 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Boris admits he hasn’t read a study he quotes to attack the EU on immigration and wages. But could he have a point anyway?

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The claim VoteLeave says UK gives £5.8bn more to EU countries for medical costs than it gets back, which campaigners say means “health tourism from the EU has cost us billions”.

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June 8, 2016 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Does Cyprus really sell EU passports? Yes – but only to the very rich. And so does Britain.

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June 3, 2016 9 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Straight bananas, anyone? A kilo of eggs? The newspapers are still having fun with tales of “barmy” Brussels regulations. Most of them are untrue.

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May 25, 2016 2 Comments By Georgia Graham

The proportion of funding the IFS gets from the EU has increased in recent years – from 5.9% of funding in 2009 to 11% in 2014.

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May 23, 2016 8 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Treasury have published another doomy report on the economic effects of Brexit. A sobering read, or a dose of propaganda?

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May 20, 2016 14 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Leave campaigners say Brits who live in EU countries will have the same rights even if the UK pulls out. What do the experts say?

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May 11, 2016 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Are Nigeria and Afghanistan really “fantastically corrupt”? Are Britain’s hands clean when it comes to fighting corruption?

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